The primary objective of your consultation is to determine whether you are a candidate for laser eye surgery, and if so, which procedure is most appropriate for you. We will educate you about why LASIK surgery is or is not right for you, and about the benefits and risks associated with this type of surgery.
Before LASIK surgery, we will help you understand what results you can reasonably expect after the procedure, given your particular prescription and individual circumstances. Remember that scheduling a consultation DOES NOT obligate you to move forward with the procedure.
Candidates for Laser Vision Eye Surgery Should Generally:
• Be at least 18 years of age or older
• Have stable vision for a year prior to the procedure
• Be free of certain diseases of the cornea and retina
• Be in good general health
Determination for LASIK candidacy has to be made on an individual basis, taking into consideration your medical history, prescription and other health factors. We recommend (before LASIK surgery) that you take advantage of PVSC’s complimentary pre-procedure consultation at one of our laser vision eye surgery centers. This consultation, or a similar screening from a PVSC-affiliated doctor, is mandatory before LASIK surgery at PVSCs.
If the eye doctor determines you are not a good LASIK candidate today, you may still be a good candidate in the future or to alternative procedures like lens exchange (CLE or RLE). The technology for laser eye surgery is constantly being enhanced, enabling people with higher and more difficult prescriptions to be good LASIK candidates. Laser eye surgery is not for everyone, however, and some patients (those with certain diseases of the eye involving the cornea and retina) will never be candidates. The best way for you to find out is by having a thorough, no-obligation LASIK consultation at PVSC.
Below are pre and post op instructions to help guide you through the process and make it as easy as possible for you. Having a better understanding of what is involved in preparing for surgery, the day of surgery, and what to do after surgery, helps you know what to expect.
Proper planning and care increases the success rate of any surgery. To save time there are many elements of the evaluation that should be clear to each prospective candidate. The elements of the final exam are also important for the proper surgical plan. You are required to stop wearing contact lenses prior to the surgery: 7 days for soft lenses, two weeks for toric lenses, and 2-3 weeks for rigid gas permeable lenses (or until the cornea is stable). Bring a driver/friend/family member. No make-up.
Each patient has a responsibility to understand the surgery, its potential risks and benefits. A discussion of these elements is important. You should understand the following prior to signing the consent form:
Please arrive on time. You will be escorted to the laser room only after you have signed the consent form and all your questions were answered. The following are temporary side effects of the procedure, which usually last a short period of time:
Please read carefully!